Celebrate in Cardiff this St David's Day
Visit anywhere in Wales on 1st March, St David's Day, and you will see both adults and children wearing traditional Welsh costumes or Welsh rugby shirts, or with a bright green leek or daffodil pinned to their top - recognised symbols of Wales and Saint David respectively. St David's Day is not a public holiday in Wales although there are many who are campaigning for it to be a holiday. As a result, public organisations such as schools, libraries, government offices etc are all open, and shops, restaurants and attractions operate their normal hours.
Every year on the 1st March the Welsh celebrate the patron Saint, St David or Dewi Sant who died on that day in 589AD. Born in the year 500AD, he was the grandson of Ceredig ap Cunedda, King of Ceredigion, and according to legend, he was born on a Pembrokeshire clifftop in a fierce storm.
Dewi was educated in Cardiganshire and from there went on religious pilgrimages across Wales and England, including one at Glastonbury. He even travelled as far as Jerusalem where he was made archbishop.
He eventually settled in Glyn Rhosyn, now known as St David’s, the smallest city in the UK where he is buried. Dewi was a teetotal vegetarian and he also ploughed the fields by hand instead of using oxen. He is also supposed to have performed miracles; when preaching to a large crowd the people at the back said they could not hear him and it is said that he made the ground where he stood rise to form a hill.
Available between Friday 28th February and 8th March 2020
Get 15% off our Taste of Wales Afternoon Tea, selected dishes from the dinner menu and a selection of Welsh drinks.
Te Blas Cymru Y Prynahwn
Using local produce and flavours throughout the selection, you can dine on delicate finger sandwiches (brechdanau), homemade sweet and savoury scones (sgons) and homemade cakes (cacennau). The afternoon tea is served daily between 1pm-5pm on slate picnic stands. Plus, enjoy unlimited tea (te) or coffee (coffi).
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Welsh Mussels Bacon, Parsley, Grilled Homemade Sourdough Bread (gf on request) £9 Now £7.65
Welsh Cawl Lamb Stew, Caerfai Cheddar, Crusty Bread (gf on request) £11 Now £9.35
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Brecon Gin (25ml) £4 Now £3.40
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The yearly event creates a party atmosphere in the centre of Cardiff. You can expect to see the national dress, flags flying and performances from a giant dragon.
Everyone is encouraged to take part in the celebration of Welsh heritage and culture, meeting by Cardiff City Hall from 11.30am with the parade starting at 12.30pm. The procession finishes outside St David’s Hall where and a rousing mass rendition of the national anthem, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, is sung at 1.30pm.
To celebrate St David’s Day the 16 CADW sites that usually charge admission, offer free entry. It is a great opportunity to explore the rich history at the heritage sites and take in some of the legendary monuments.
In Cardiff, you could visit Castell Coch, which is Welsh for the red castle. It is found in north Cardiff surrounded by a breath-taking forest, which has two walking routes to explore. Or in a nearby town, Caerphilly Castle, which is the second largest in the UK.
Adults who visited during the 80’s and 90 famously remember the giant Woolley mammoth; however, art lovers know it for having the largest collection of impressionist paintings outside of Paris, including works by Renoir and Monet. The elegant museum also has interactive natural history and geology collections, which children love too.
The museum is situated in the heart of Cardiff City Centre and offers free entry throughout the year.
Try some homemade, traditional food, in Thomas Restaurant at Future Inn Cardiff. The whole ethos is around using local and fresh produce to give you a true Taste of Wales.
You can expect a whole variety of dishes, including vegan and gluten-free. Favourite local dishes include a Welsh Cawl a lamb stew, with Caerfai cheddar and homemade crusty Bread and Welsh Rarebit served with a rhubarb compote. It is also an opportunity to try local drinks including Brecon Gin, Penderyn Whiskey and Brains beer.
Saturday 29th February until Saturday 7th March 2020
The St David’s Day Craft Market is open from 10am-5.30pm (5pm on Sunday). You can find the wooden stalls all decorated with a Welsh theme as a colourful background on Working Street.
You can expect a fantastic selection of art, crafts, beauty products, jewellery, seasonal food and alcohol on offer.
The St David's Day Run is your chance to be part of a race that celebrates Wales. Held in the stunning grounds of Bute Park in Cardiff. Enjoy incredible party atmosphere and pass some of the historical Cardiff landmarks.
You can even run in fancy dress; so put on your Welsh rugby jersey, traditional dress or bring your blow-up dragon, or don your leeks and daffodils.
Choose from the 2km family fun run, 5km or 10km.
Future Inn Cardiff is an ideal base for the night offering various sized rooms including ones that can sleep up to four adults or a family. Perks include free car parking, free wifi and a complimentary robe and slippers. Book direct for the best available rates on our website or by contacting the Reservations Team on 02920 487111 or email@example.com.
Thomas Restaurant is ideal to fuel up before or after the event. Every day the team serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, evening a-la-carte or traditional roasts on Sunday. A homemade Taste of Wales Afternoon Tea is served daily between 1pm-5pm or our set menu offers 3 courses for £20 daily between 5pm-10pm. A large selection of alcoholic and soft drinks is also available including Welsh beer and spirits, wine by the glass or the bottle, plus all cocktails are £7 each. Under 5's eat for free with an adult too! Reservations can be made on 02920 487111 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or online:
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